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Breakin' All the Rules (2004)



Average Rating: 4.8/10
Reviews Counted: 86
Fresh: 27 | Rotten: 59

This formulaic screwball comedy is weighed down by a contrived, overly complicated plot.


Average Rating: 5/10
Critic Reviews: 31
Fresh: 11 | Rotten: 20

This formulaic screwball comedy is weighed down by a contrived, overly complicated plot.



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A man who writes the book on ending a romance runs into rough sledding while starting a new one in this comedy. Quincy (Jamie Foxx) is a magazine editor whose life takes an unexpected turn for the worse when his fiancée, Helen (Bianca Lawson), decides to give him some interesting news at their engagement party -- she's breaking up with him. A few days later, Quincy's boss, Phillip (Peter MacNicol), gives him the task of cutting manpower in his department by 15 percent; too emotionally beaten to


Comedy, Romance

Daniel Taplitz

Oct 12, 2004


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All Critics (93) | Top Critics (34) | Fresh (27) | Rotten (59) | DVD (15)

... this is basically just a sitcom.

May 17, 2004 Full Review Source: Ebert & Roeper
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No movie this stupid should need a plot synopsis this complicated.

May 14, 2004 Full Review Source: Washington Post
Washington Post
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A movie that sags and drags under the weight of poor pacing, execrable writing and largely unlikable characters, including a leading man viewers can never really warm up to.

May 14, 2004 Full Review Source: Washington Post
Washington Post
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A cleverly concocted hybrid of conventional romantic comedy and mistaken-identity farce.

May 14, 2004 Full Review Source: Variety
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If the movie were 10 minutes longer, the mix-ups might grind viewers down, but director Daniel Taplitz knows how to juggle the subplots he's given.

May 14, 2004 Full Review Source: USA Today
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In many ways a throwback to the era of Doris Day and Jack Lemmon movies.

May 14, 2004 Full Review Source: Toronto Star
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Not much worth seeing in this mess of a movie.

December 22, 2010 Full Review Source: Common Sense Media
Common Sense Media

...may be fluff, but it is patient, character-driven fluff.

July 25, 2005 Full Review Source:

Digresses into that hazy zone where we're not sure if we're watching overwrought drama or a joke that just isn't funny.

September 16, 2004
Tyler Morning Telegraph (Texas)

it's all very silly and highly unbelievable, but the five main leads are all having a good time.

June 1, 2004 Full Review Source: Sean the Movie Guy

With a little more polish, Daniel Taplitz's quick-witted romantic comedy might have lived happily ever after.

May 27, 2004 Full Review Source: Boulder Weekly

A good cast tries to rescue a bad script.

May 25, 2004 Full Review Source: Entertainment Spectrum
Entertainment Spectrum

Breakin' All the Rules doesn't break any rules at all. It's just a by-the-numbers romantic comedy.

May 22, 2004 Full Review Source: Internet Reviews
Internet Reviews

...the comedy never tried to stretch beyond being common.

May 20, 2004 Full Review
Talking Pictures (U.S.)

Everybody involved in Breakin' All the Rules -- especially the audience -- deserves something more than this tedious excuse for a movie.

May 19, 2004 Full Review Source: Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)
Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)

All the performers deserve better than this.

May 18, 2004 Full Review
Quad City Times (Davenport, IA)

sticks to the rules of too many lame sitcoms and unfunny comedies past, which the doomed actors follow like lemmings off a cliff

May 18, 2004 Full Review Source:

If one movie could prove once and for all that dating is a blight on humanity, this dismal, depressing flick could be it.

May 18, 2004 Full Review Source: Flick Filosopher
Flick Filosopher

Breakin' transcends cliches thanks to Jamie Foxx's irreverence and charm

May 17, 2004 Full Review Source: Washington Times
Washington Times

Laden with misunderstandings, contrived situations, and terrible characterizations. Even Foxx's charisma can't save this one.

May 17, 2004 Full Review Source:

Foxx , Union, Chestnut and MacNicol deserve to be A-list stars much more than any Tom (Cruise), Dick (Gere) or Halle (Berry).

May 17, 2004 Full Review Source: Roanoke Times (Virginia)
Roanoke Times (Virginia)

A black-cast romantic comedy that derives its humor from character and plot development rather than from cliched notions of race-based uproariousness...

May 17, 2004
Commercial Appeal (Memphis, TN)

Foxx and friends are broken by this laughless comedy

May 16, 2004 Full Review

How is Breakin' All the Rules different from all the countless other romantic comedies specializing in misunderstandings and mistaken identities? It isn't.

May 15, 2004 Full Review Source:

A leaden daisy-chain of mistaken identity that holds the interest of the characters much longer than it does the audience's in watching it or mine in explaining it.

May 15, 2004
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Audience Reviews for Breakin' All the Rules

The story is half decent, although I think a lot of these films, waste time on film which is just modelling shots. So they found it tough to fit the rest of the story in. But it works, no complaints. Funny !
January 26, 2008

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Jamie Foxx is hilarious.
February 2, 2007

Super Reviewer

Jamie Foxx and Gabrielle Union headline a very funny romantic company. The chemistry between these two is genuine. "Breakin' All The Rules" is a film about mistaken identities gone wild. While the relationship between Foxx and Union is the other relationships turn out are not...making you stick around until the end. The movie doesn't waste time...starting out with Foxx's character Quincy getting dumped by his girlfriend. Quincy then writes a successful how-to book on breaking up and that sets off a chain reaction that will keep you in your seat until the end.
February 15, 2010
George Kiriyama

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